Many essential oils can be successfully used to soothe migraines and headaches to get you through the day. But you need to keep in mind that frequent headaches can also be symptoms of something more serious and you should discuss them immediately with your doctor to discover the underlying cause.
The magic of essential oils works wonders to reduce muscle spasm, inflammation, pain and swelling. Most of them have calming effect on your mind and also improve blood circulation to brain. Most of the headaches are caused by acute stress or other tension related issues.
Essential Oils for your Migraines and Headaches
Lavender essential oil possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has a calming or sedative effect, making it the best choice to soothe headaches during evening or night.
Peppermint essential oil has menthol that is known for its soothing, cooling and mind clearing properties. It works great for all tension-related headaches. Its mild scent work uplifting so avoid using it during evening hours as it can interfere with your sleep.
Peppermint should be your first-go-to essential oil as and when you feel migraine attack creeping up. Take five to eight drops of peppermint EU and dilute the in a carrier oil on your forehead, back of your neck, and temples at the first signs.
It’s another great essential oil to soothe nighttime or evening headaches. It has anti-inflammatory and sedative properties.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil can work wonders to treat migraine attacks or headaches caused due to chronic sinusitis. It’s also a good essential oil to relieve sinus infection and sore throat.
Although this oil is relatively unknown in the US, it has been used in countries like Spain, Italy, Turkey, Bosnia, and Portugal for years. It’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can be used to treat headaches and migraine related issues.
Other Essential Oils that are known to benefit headache or migraine sufferers:
- Idaho Balsam Fir
- Sweet Marjoram
How To Use These Essential Oils To Alleviate Your Migraines And Headaches?
Although you have a wide choice of essential oils to soothe your migraine attacks or headaches, some sufferers are quite sensitive to scents during an attack. Actually, scents are very personal. So add just a drop to a cotton ball for some smell. If the fragrance doesn’t upset or it works soothing, try one of the following migraine relief techniques.
- Topical Application Or Gentle Massage – Dilute 12-15 drops of EO (s) from the list above or use a bled into one oz. carrier oil of your choice (olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil, etc). Gently massage few drops onto your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. Avoid any area around your eyes.
- Inhalation – Rub 2 or 3 drops of lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 6-8 slow and deep breaths. You can also add 2-4 drops on a cotton ball and secure in a small zip lock bag to take with you. You can also add essential oil to a blow of boiling water. Drape towel over your head and breathe in the steam (works great if your migraine is sinus related).
- Diffuse – Diffuse EO as per the direction of your diffuser at night or throughout the day to ease or prevent migraine attacks. Variety of blends are available and you can find many essential oil recipes for your diffuser.
- Aroma-therapeutic Bath – You can also alleviate your migraine or headache with a relaxing bath. Add 6-10 drops of EO (s) to your bath tub. People with sensitive skin can add 1 tablespoon of carrier oil to their bath tub. This adds good moisturizing effect and will prevent the Eos from being too powerful. Never add essential oils to running water as they evaporate at a higher rate. Therefore, add them after you’ve run the bath and gently mix them in using your hands. If you want an even better effect add 2-3 cups of Epsom salts. Epsom salt can replenish magnesium levels. Magnesium deficiency can often trigger migraine attacks.
- Cold Compress – Add 6-7 drops of essential oil or blend to one quart cool or icy water. Soak a clean cloth in the bowl and apply some on your forehead or the back of your neck. Most people find that cold compress works best, but you can also try a warm compress or maybe alternate both to improve circulation.
You can use these blends in a diffuser or maybe cold compresses. You can also add them to your bath water or apply them topically to find some relief. People with sensitive skin can dilute it in appropriate carrier oil of your choice (olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond, olive oil, etc.).
Migraine Blend 1
- 7 drops peppermint EO
- 5 drops eucalyptus EO
- 4 drops myrrh EO
Migraine Blend 2
- 4 drops lavender EO
- 5 drops wintergreen EO
- 3 drop clove EO
- 4 drops chamomile EO
Migraine Blend 3
- 10 drops lavender EO
- 5 drops roman chamomile EO
Migraine Blend 4
- 10 drops lavender EO
- 6 drops peppermint EO
Migraine Blend 5
- 7 drops roman chamomile EO
- 2 drops helichrysum EO